2019 Salsa Journeyman Flat Bar Claris 650

An aluminum frame gravel bike with modest components and mechanical disc brakes, priced at the low end of the Journeyman model range. Compare the full range

2019 Salsa Journeyman Flat Bar Claris 650
MSRP$949
Weight27.3 lbs
SuspensionRigid
FrameAluminum
ForkCarbon
Wheels650b
Tires2.1"
Drivetrain2 × 8
GroupsetClaris, FSA

BrakesMechanical Disc
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Gearing

2 × 8 — 16 speed

Journeyman Flat Bar Claris 650

34 mph

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The Journeyman Flat Bar Claris 650 is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.

The Journeyman Flat Bar Claris 650 won‘t keep up with similar bikes while riding downhill or sprinting.


Reviews
BIKEPACKING.com
Salsa Journeyman Review (650B)

Logan Watts

In our Salsa Journeyman review, we took three 650B builds on an epic trip through the wilds of Montana to see how this budget off-road drop-bar rig performs

  • Frame and fork are well designed and offer a great bang for the buck
  • Frame geometry suited for a blend of exploration and fun
  • Loads of mounting options
  • 650B x 2.1″ tires offer a wide range of capability
  • Cowbell handlebars and cockpit components are solid
  • Apex 1 drivetrain isn’t too bad, but definitely not great
  • Gearing is too high; a crankset that could fit a smaller chainring or 11-46T cassette would be better
  • Thru-axles are commonplace these days and QR skewers feel like an unnecessary step backward
  • Non-tubeless compatible tires come standard on all model
  • If I’m splitting hairs, I’d prefer 27mm internal width rims and a Cowchipper handlebar

August 2019Read Full Review 

off.road.cc
Salsa Journeyman Apex 1 650 review

Salsa is an iconic bike brand that's been doing off-road capable drop bar bikes longer than most. The Journeyman brings this expertise and experience to a lower price, and there’s a lot to like about this pink beauty. But its beauty is only skin deep. While the ride and handling are very good, and there are some good components, it’s under specced compared to rivals which make it hard to recommend.

July 2019Read Full Review 


Geometry

Sizing
XS

4'9" – 5'4"

SM

5'2" – 5'9"

MD

5'7" – 6'1"

LG

5'11" – 6'4"

XL

6'2" +


Specs
Build
Frame

Journeyman Flat Bar

BB StandardBSA, 68mm, threaded

ColorOrange

Fork

Fantail with Three-Pack Mounts

Rear Shock

N/A

Bottom Bracket

68mm BSA

Headset

FSA Sealed Bearing

Stem

Salsa Guide

Handlebar

Salsa Salt Flat

Saddle

WTB Volt

Seatpost

Salsa Guide 27.2 x 350mm

Grips

Salsa File Tread

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano Claris GS 8-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Claris

Crank

FSA Tempo Adventure, 46/30t

Shifters

Shimano Claris Rapidfire Plus

Cassette

Sunrace 8-speed, 11-34t

Chain

KMC X8

Brakes

Promax DSK-330R flat mount, 160mm rotors

Wheels
Rims

Novatec, 32h, 100mm, WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0 650b, 2.0mm spokes, brass nipples

Tires

Teravail Sparwood 27.5 x 2.1" Wire Bead NOT TUBELESS COMPATIBLE

Disk Rotors

Promax DSK-330R flat mount, 160mm rotors

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